Rory McIlroy and defending champion Jon Rahm are just one shot behind co-leaders Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen after two rounds at Brookline Country Club.
The Northern Irishman struggled at the start of his second round but said he was proud of how he turned things around. “I kept telling myself I would have more chances,” he told Sky Sports. “I was trying to get back to par level for the day until nine.
“I couldn’t do that, but I made two bad shots today – the second shot in three and the tee shot in 10 and they cost me three shots. But the way I played the last eight holes, I’m very proud of that and proud of go under par and stay right at the top of the leaderboard.”
When is it?
The third round of the US Open is today, Saturday, June 18th. The final round will be on Sunday, June 19th.
What time does it start?
Local time on the east coast is five hours behind British Daylight Saving Time. This means that beginners will start their first rounds around noon UK time. The full field cannot complete its rounds until the early hours.
What TV channel is it on?
The event will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of all four days.
Open champion Collin Morikawa leads five points under par alongside Joel Dahmen after an excellent second round of 66, with defending US Open champion Jon Rahm and four-time champion Rory McIlroy a shot back.
Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was part of the group once again, with Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick three off the pace, two short.
McIlroy was in danger of falling out of contention as he covered the top nine at 36, the world number 3 needing three tries to cut through the green thick and thick in the third, before jumping from 23 feet to save a double bogey.
But after missing a shot on the 10th, McIlroy got shots on the 12th, 14th and 17th to remain steadfast in the pursuit of his fifth major title and his first since the 2014 US PGA.
Scheffler was two ahead after seven holes, but then hit the eighth and 13th, hit 55 yards to the eagle on the par-five 14th and caught another shot on the 16th in his bid for an amazing fifth win in 2022.
“I was very patient,” Scheffler said. “I was hitting pretty good most of the day. Two silly bogeys at the start of the round, but other than that I hit pretty well.
“If a few more putts had fallen against (running) on the edge it would have been a really special day. But three down was a good score for me, especially being two to six.”
Speaking about his eagle on the 14th, Scheffler added: “I hit a great drive in the middle and then I had a funny lie where I was sitting on a slope and it made the green kick a lot harder.
“I caught him a hair and hit the tree. Luckily he didn’t hit the tree and come back, he kind of fell in front of him. Had a good lie and hit a good chip and went in.”
Fitzpatrick has recovered from a bogeys hat-trick to play his final five holes at two-under-par as he looks to secure a Brookline one-two following his US Amateur triumph here in 2013.
“I played really, really well,” said Fitzpatrick, who finished fifth in the US PGA last month. “Three of my four bogeys were three putts, so that sums up the day.
“I felt like I hit the ball on the green really, really well. I think I hit one shot all day, so that sums up how good I felt I hit it. I feel like I left some out there, what to say in a US Open is quite rare, but it’s positive for the weekend.”
What happened last year?
Jon Rahm became Spain’s first US Open champion when he finished with two brilliant birdies to outsmart Louis Oosthuizen by one swing at Torrey Pines.
An emotional Rahm dedicated the victory to his late compatriot Seve Ballesteros, the man who put Spain on the golf map by winning five major titles before dying of brain cancer at age 54.
“This is definitely for Seve. I know he wanted to win more than anything,” Rahm said. Rahm fired a final round 67 for a total of 278 six under par, and was confirmed as champion when Oosthuizen failed to hit the final par five.
What are the latest odds?
Rory McIlroy 02/09
Jon Rahm 9/2
Colin Morikawa 4/1
Scottie Scheffler 7/1
Sam Burns 1/20
Matt Fitzpatrick 1/20